Garden Restoration Plan for Halecroft Park, Trafford

Posted on July 1st, 2005 by Sian Jones

Ian Trickett, Greenspace Development Officer of the Parks and Countryside Service at Trafford Council(Manchester area), writes: ‘We have recently discovered that the ornamental gardens in one of our public parks was originally attached to the neighbouring house. Further research led to the discovery that both the house and the garden were designed by Edgar Wood in 1891. Edgar Wood was the founder of the Northern Art Workers Guild in 1896 and President of the Manchester Society of Architects in 1910/11. He was a leading light in the arts and crafts movement.

There are many surviving architectural features in the garden such as curved steps, formal pond, paths laid out in crazy paving style using local sandstone etc. However the original planting design has been completely lost. We are working with the Friends of Halecroft Park to prepare a garden restoration plan. Any advice or support the Garden History Society can offer would be gratefully accepted because we have never undertaken a project like this before. If you live in the region and want to get actively involved in the project – with planting, designing, research etc – then we’d be grateful for that type of involvement as well. There’s a leaflet available for people wanting to visit the site.

For more details and pictures, take a look at the information sheet. If you can help or would like more information, contact Ian on 0161 912 5579.

If your group would be interested in organising an afternoon visit to some of Trafford Council’s public gardens, to see their current condition, what has been found out about their history and what the council aims to do, contact Ian Trickett on 0161 912 5579. back to top

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